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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

5 double degree combinations that could add value to your skills.

Some universities- especially private universities- do offer double degrees at the undergraduate level. That means, you can graduate with two degrees from related areas. Even if your university doesn’t offer a double degree, it could just as well offer additional units in certain disciplines to augment what you are already studying. Here are the most common double degrees that could be of immense value.

1. Computer Science and Statistics/Math.
Computer Science and Statistics are subjects that complement each other. A data analyst, for example, needs skills of both a computer scientist and a statistician, to make valuable conclusions.

2. Hospitality and Foreign Languages.
In the hospitality industry, you’ll likely speak with guests that are fluent in a language other than English or

Five best towns to work in Kenya and the region.

Some professionals are happy to stay within their home towns, while others dream of their companies posting them to their dream cities. Some Kenyan companies, like Equity Bank, MKU, Co-Op bank, KCB and Nation Media have already established a presence in the East Africa region. If you are willing to rise in your career, and globe trot and travel the world, you could start with trips to the HR department to post you in these East Africa regional cities first.

1. Nairobi, Kenya.
Fair to say that it would hard for a company to post you outside Kenya, if it hasn’t posted you to Nairobi within its headquarters first. Since Nairobi is the capital of Kenya, it would be a good rehearsal for posting in the region.

2. Kigali, Rwanda.
Kigali, Rwanda has risen from the dark past of the genocide to one of the must be destinations for professionals and businessmen in the region. No work permits are required in Rwanda for East African

Monday, 29 April 2013

5 Fastest Growing Careers in Kenya.

Want to know some of the careers that are set to be hot in demand in the next few years? Here they are, some of them may be under appreciated, but that’s no reason not to pursue them.

1. Counseling.
Aren’t we just a little too stressed these days? There is just too much pressure. There is pressure from breaking marriages, losing jobs, retrenchments, financial distress and everything in between. Be warned though, the profession is not regulated, and you may compete with many quacks in the field.

2. Cosmetics and beauty.
Everyone wants to look beautiful these days, and a first impression really does make a difference. From everyone wanting to have smooth faces, tattoos, being dressed nicely, you can be sure demand will only

3 Tips on how to change to a new career.

Are you ready to take your career in a different direction? Whether your current job is a bad fit or you're looking for an industry with a better future, finding a new line of work can be both incredibly satisfying and personally profitable.
But switching career tracks can also be a high-stakes gamble. Before striking out on your own, focus on these three areas.

1: Focus on the parts of your career that need to change. If your job makes you want to curl up under your desk and cry, it's tempting to leave it all behind and head for a new industry. But changing careers is a drastic reaction to a bad work situation.
Job unhappiness may be related to a specific co-worker, a negative attitude, an outside-of-work stressor, or

Mobile phone apps that could ease your life as a student.

These two apps won't write your assignments or essays for you, but they will make the whole process a little more enjoyable. As a caveat, make sure you have a mobile phone that allows you to download apps, and the good thing is that such phones are cheap, even as low as 5,000 shillings for some smart phone models. 

1. Evernote
What does it do?
Evernote is the perfect companion to a messy student. Everything from notes, web clips, audio snippets and business cards can be organised in Evernote. Take a photo of some class notes and Evernote will digitise

Sunday, 28 April 2013

6 Ways to succeed in your Career faster.

Rising to the top of your career is a journey that could take many years. However, for some, they manage to reach the pinnacle of their careers in just a short time. Here are six ways you can do it.

1. Learn from smart people. There is so much to learn. This is true for people just entering the workforce as well as for those closing in on retirement. Great leaders realize they don't know all the answers and are aware of their weaknesses and strengths. Learn from the best peace-keeper, the best negotiator, the best strategic thinker, and the best friendly face. Each one of them has a lesson or two to teach you if you're willing to listen.

2. Take initiative. Do you cast blame or get frustrated when people who should take responsibility don't? Do you wait for others to notice problems that need solving? Taking initiative means you don't wait to be told

Saturday, 27 April 2013

5 tips on how to make a great online job application.

You may not know this, but increasingly, many Kenyan companies use application forms as an initial screening device for applicants. This saves the HR recruiters’ time, as they can sue software to scan the application form and CV for specific keywords. Studies show that employers use the information you fill out in the online application form to eliminate as much as 90 percent of the applicants.

The general nature of many questions on applications and the lack of space for responses make it difficult for an applicant to show his or her relevant skills and knowledge.
The following tips offer ways of providing more complete information about your skills and knowledge given the limited space and words that many online forms will allow.

1. Learn about the actual job and tailor your responses. First, learn as much as you can about the actual tasks of the job for which you are applying. Examine the specific job task information carefully and list

Friday, 26 April 2013

5 Mistakes you should not make during your internship.

Most colleges and universities have a mandatory three month internship period. Internships, or rather attachments, can be incredible learning experiences, but they can also harm your reputation if you don't conduct yourself professionally during them. Here are the top 10 mistakes interns make, and how they can avoid them:

1. Avoiding boring or menial tasks. You might wonder what being good at photocopying has to do with your ability to do higher-level work. But if you excel at the boring tasks and do them cheerfully, you may be given more interesting assignments. That's because when you start as an intern, you typically haven't proven

3 Great Movies for the weekend.

If you are looking to have a good time this weekend, here are three recently released movies which you can check out this weekend.

1. Tyler Perry's Temptation.
Drama, Romance: Time: 1 hour 51 minutes.
A cautionary tale about adultery, it depicts the marital crisis of Judith, who works as the “in-house therapist” for an upscale matchmaking agency. Married to her childhood sweetheart Brice, a druggist whose modest lifelong dream is to someday own his own pharmacy, she finds herself increasingly unhappy over such transgressions as his forgetting her birthday two years in a row.
So she’s easily susceptible to the charms of handsome billionaire Harley, a social-media entrepreneur

Thursday, 25 April 2013

5 Career Tips for the shy and Introverted Job Seeker.

Even though you may feel pressured to be more outgoing and extroverted, especially during your job search, don’t despair: Introverts possess many strengths, many of which are even admired by employers.

If you haven't already admitted you're an introvert, you may need to recognize the characteristics of one. Introverts prefer to think before they act. They regain energy by being alone. They need time to formulate ideas in their heads before talking about them. They prefer depth over breadth; this is true of relationships and information. An introvert prefers fewer deep and meaningful relationships over hundreds of contacts. Introverts also tend to dive deep into topics they're interested in. Creativity, strategizing and remaining calm under pressure are several other strengths not to overlook. Self-awareness is the first step to appreciating the desirable qualities and overcoming those that limit your career and job search.

1. Meet people one-on-one. The thought of networking in a big crowd is scary, repulsive, intimidating and many other less-than-positive descriptors to an introvert. It isn't as though they can't network--they

Why you should take a job, even if you didn’t study for it.

In Kenya, there are two types of people looking for work. There's the job market for people who have been out of work for less than six months, and the market for people who have been out of work longer.

Employers prefer applicants who haven't been out of work for very long, applicants who have industry experience, and applicants who haven't moved between jobs that much. But how long you've been out of work trumps those other factors, a new employment report shows. People who have been out of work for six months or longer find it hard to get jobs.

As long as you've been out of work for less than six months, you can get called back even if you don't have experience. But after you've been out of work for six months, in many cases, it doesn't matter what

Making Zetech College A Reality- Founder tells his inspiring story.

Adapted from Career Point Kenya: There is something about pick me up stories. On a bad day when you don’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel (career) they give you hope that someday you too will make it. As a young boy, Engineer Ken Mbiuki reared rabbits to make some little money. Today, he owns Zetech College, one of the most successful colleges in Kenya.

In 1997, Ken Mbiuki, then an engineering student, turned his hostel room into a computer training class. Fifteen years later, the dream that started in Room 316 Hall 13 at the University of Nairobi has

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

3 Certifications that could add value to your degree.

Apart from pursuing your degree, there are some other professional certificates that could help you advance your career. Of course, there is a thin line between diversifying your career options, and getting papers left, right, and center. Even as you get more certifications, they must be aligned within a certain career addition, and not simply enrolling for certifications as a matter of increasing your bets. Here are three certifications that could put you ahead of the pack.

CPA- Certified Public Accountants-could put you ahead when applying for any accounting/auditing job or a job within the Finance industry. This would be a great combination for students pursuing Business courses, engineering, and IT. However, even students pursuing a social science degree could still enroll for the CPA

The must knows before you enroll in a University College.

The must knows before you enroll in a University College.
In the last two or three years, about 14 university colleges were upgraded to full university status. This means an increased number of students will be accepted into universities, and explore opportunities in the higher education sector. However, enrolling in a university college or a university that was upgraded recently poses some challenges for students.

The university college is lesser known.
Since the university colleges were only formed recently, employers may have a harder time recognizing them.

Ken Ambani- Oozing the Hollywood allure.

Who is Ken Ambani? I am a simple guy, a husband, a father and a man with great passion for acting. I am also a great communicator and a Christian.

Tell us about your background?
I was born and raised in Busia County. My father was a Maragoli, while my mother was a half-caste between a Kikuyu and Briton. My parents were business people. My father passed on when I was a toddler, and so I was raised by my mother and step-father.
My step-father, who is from Coast, shaped my upbringing a great deal.  I attended high school at the Coast. I grew up in a Muslim environment, and I would regularly attend the mosque on weekdays. Although Islam shaped my values as a man, I never left my Christian faith. I would attend services every Sunday at All Saints Cathedral.

When did you first get into acting?
I started in Class Three. I remember winning a stage actor’s award then, and I have I have been on stage since. When I was in Form Three, I did a South African play called ‘My People n Chains’ at Chandaria Hall

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

4 Ways to rise faster in your Career.

If your dream is to move up the career ladder quickly, and gain more experience and skills, here are four ways you can do it.

1. Don’t ask for promotion too soon. Employers want to promote you to keep you happy—it's in their best interests—but it's possible that you asked for a promotion too soon and before you were ready. Are you sure you're mature enough in your job to take on a higher title? Do you have the leadership and teamwork skills that such a position would require? Before you get upset at being passed over, take an honest look at your answers.

2. Go the extra mile. You don't get promoted for doing your job, you get paid for it. Getting promoted is about doing more than expected, discovering opportunities, and providing immense value. If you meet

KCSE fortunes for top students.

18 scholars in the Equity Bank University Sponsorship & Leadership Programme have received scholarships in 2013 to study in world leading universities to pursue various courses of study. The programme, which was started in 1998, rewards the top performing boy and girl in KCSE in every district where the Bank has a branch, by offering them an opportunity to intern at Equity Bank before they join university, either in Kenya or abroad. In addition, the programme assists scholars to prepare for the SAT tests- a prerequisite when applying to American universities. The students are also helped to consider their

KCSE fortunes for top students- Part II

18 scholars in the Equity Bank University Sponsorship & Leadership Programme have received full  scholarships in 2013 to study in world leading universities to pursue various courses of study. The programme, which was started in 1998, rewards the top performing boy and girl in KCSE in every district where the Bank has a branch, by offering them an opportunity to intern at Equity Bank before they join university, either in Kenya or abroad. In addition, the programme assists scholars to prepare for the SAT tests- a prerequisite when applying to American universities. The students are also helped to consider their

Monday, 22 April 2013

3 Great careers for women.

There are some careers that are traditionally considered women’s careers. Human resource, media, marketing, or some Arts courses are the careers that many Kenyan women readily choose to pursue. However, here are some careers, though considered male dominated, are careers we think women should pursue for faster professional progress.

1. Engineering.
Less than 10 percent of Kenyan student engineers are women. Even fewer go on to practice engineering at a professional level. However, precisely because of their low numbers, many companies are actively encouraging more women to apply for jobs within engineering. Some leading engineering companies like

Sunday, 21 April 2013

3 reasons why should apply for Civil Service Jobs.

There was a time when any right thinking smart employee would not even think of applying for a job in the government. However, all that has changed in the last ten years or so, and the government is increasingly looking as the better employer. In fact, with the coming of devolved governments, we think that more smart professionals will be applying for government and civil service jobs.

Here are five reasons why you should consider applying for a government, civil service, or a parastatal job.

1. The job is more secure.
Unless you’ve done a very gross mistake, it is hard to get fired in a government job. Even if you are fired, the process of firing is elaborate, and you will likely have gone through all the disciplinary channels. Now, picture

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Seven great overlooked courses.

If you’ve missed on the cut off points for your dream courses, here are some seven fallback courses which could just as well take you to the same career path.

1. Bachelor of Economics.
If you miss out on bachelor of commerce, business management, or administration, this course could still lead to the same career path as the business related courses. What’s more, you’ll study business concepts at a much deeper level. If you add say a few CPAs or ACCA, you could even be a better job candidate than the business courses candidates.

2. Bachelor of Statistics.
If you miss out on Actuarial Science, then Statistics could just as well make for a good replacement. In fact, some allege that Actuarial Science is just but a branch of statistics. If you are good with numbers, then you

Friday, 19 April 2013

3 Facebook Career killing Mistakes to avoid.

“Mark!! Always remember that the internet is written in indelible ink.” So goes a line in a movie, ‘The Social network’, which depicts the early days of Facebook. In the movie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s girlfriend- Erica Albright- shouts at him for posting her picture online. While the Facebook mistakes may probably not make your girlfriend to leave you, as Mark’s did, it could just as well get you fired.

Many employers are using Facebook to screen potential employees and do background checks, more than they rely on referees and former work colleagues. Some have even created a Facebook page to assist them interact better with future prospective job seekers. Here are three Facebook mistakes that you can easily avoid in order to push your career forward.

1. Complaining about Your Current Job
It could be a full note about how much you hate your office, or how incompetent your boss is, or it could be as innocent as a status update about how your coworker always shows up late. While everyone complains about work sometimes, doing so in a public forum where it can be found by others is not the best career

Keroche Breweries Tabitha Karanja’s bold journey to the top.

In the years gone by, someone would have told Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja to steer away from the business of beer making and maybe focus her energy on a more “Woman friendly enterprise” But luckily enough, we are in a life time where women can do anything.

Tabitha Karanja dared to tread where many feared to tread since few were bold enough to go there. The market hadn’t been penetrated yet and the risk of incurring losses due to high competition from already established companies was high. But over the years since 1997, Tabitha has proved that no mountain is too high to scale.

She has been rated the second woman to watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine. She has also been rated among 13 other iconic women in Africa, and has also been featured on the CNN African Voices

3 Great movies for this weekend.

Do you have any plans for this weekend? Here are three recently released movies which you might want to check out.

1. Oblivion
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller  Time: 2 hours 04 Mins.
There have been many films set on an Earth depleted of humans, but few as visually enthralling as this one.
After what appear to be memory flashes of a previous life back in an early 21st century New York City on the part of Cruise's Jack Harper, he and his partner Vika wake up in 2077. It also affords unobstructed

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Do Second Lower and Pass Graduates face dim Job Prospects?

The competition for grades in campus is fierce. It’s the reason why ‘mwakenyas’ are so popular in many campuses, or for some students, sex for marks is an easy avenue to getting better grades. Underlining the competition for better grades is the weight that many employers place on good grades. If you happen to get a Second Lower or a Pass grade, here are a few ways you could make up for your shortcomings in grades:

Know where you stand.
For some employers, grades are everything, especially when applying for the first job. For others, grades are simply the screening tool to whittle down the number of prospective job candidates to numbers that they can actually sit down and interview. With a single job opening attracting hundreds of applications, an easy way to cut down on the number of applicants is to put down a pass mark, say, a Second Upper degree.

As a prospective job seeker, it would be better to research on the future employers. For example, in government and civil service jobs, as well as for jobs in parastatals, grades are usually one of the biggest

WhatsApp Has More Users than Twitter, now approaching Facebook.

The Smartphone messaging app, WhatsApp, has more users than Twitter, its boss, Jan Koum claims.
Speaking at a mobile technology conference in New York, Mr Koum said he had no plans yet to cash in on its sizable user base through traditional advertising means.

The app, which allows smartphone users to send free texts, pictures, and videos, currently charges one dollar per year (Kshs.85). However, it has not spread wide apart from North America and Europe.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Want to enroll for a Masters degree? Here are some tips to guide you.

Adapted from The Harvard Business Review blog: The importance of higher education cannot be overemphasized. But some students view postgraduate school as a panacea — a universally applicable fallback and a sure-fire ticket to promotion, the way civil servants get a mandated pay rise after serving for a number of years in a certain job group.
In a world where the value of even a college education is coming under increased scrutiny, it's worth asking: what about postgraduate school? 

There are obvious cases where a postgraduate degree is mandatory; you're not going to get very far in some science, technical, and research disciplines, if you haven't done the requisite schooling. But what about everyone else?
If you're taking the plunge, it's essential to think through how the graduate experience will benefit you, and know in advance what you hope to get out of it. In some instances, taking targeted classes or professional

How to change into a new career.

Are you ready to take your career in a different direction? Whether your current job is a bad fit or you're looking for an industry with a better future, finding a new line of work can be both incredibly satisfying and personally profitable.
But switching career tracks can also be a high-stakes gamble. Before striking out on your own, focus on these three areas.

1: Focus on the parts of your career that need to change. If your job makes you want to curl up under your desk and cry, it's tempting to leave it all behind and head for a new industry. But changing careers is a drastic reaction to a bad work situation.
Job unhappiness may be related to a specific co-worker, a negative attitude, an outside-of-work stressor, or

The 3 Phases of a Campus Semester.

As many campus students are currently doing their end of semester exams, here are the three typical phases of a normal semester in Campus, to prepare you for the next semester.

1st phase: This is the start of the semester where you have all the time and you are busy looking for movies, series, UEFA, Premier league, and FIFA tournaments. A party is welcome any day of the week and guys are

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Should IT and engineering graduates take up jobs in Accounting and Finance?

There has been a recent trend in Kenya, and also globally, where science, IT, and engineering graduates end up working in jobs in the business, finance, and accounting fields. But if you are an engineering graduate, should you jump ship to the financial world if you get an opportunity? First, here’s why many Science, Technology, Math, and engineering graduates end up taking jobs in the Finance field.

1. Jobs in finance and accounting pay better.
Firms like Deloitte, KPMG, PWC, KRA, and Ernst &Young, pay far much better than engineering companies in industrial area, some of which offer salaries as low as 15,000 per month for fresh university graduates.

2. The skill sets required are the same.
Since engineering is primarily a math and quantitative discipline, many engineers take to numbers like fish to water. With just a few months of training on basic accounting and finance essentials, they are ready to hit the

5 Best Kenyan Towns to work in.

Not many Kenyan workers like transfers, unless of course, it’s from a remote village to a big town. However, in the civil service and government jobs at least, one has to be posted to remote areas at some point in their career. Here are the five towns or cities which I think you should celebrate if you are posted to any one of them. I have carefully weighed the cost of living against the abundance of many essential services.

1. Thika.
Thika’s close proximity to Nairobi makes it arguably the best place to be posted to. You will enjoy all the luxuries that Nairobi affords you, yet still get to live your village life. Thika used to be the most industrialized town in Kenya in the early post independence years, but many factories have since collapsed. However,

Monday, 15 April 2013

6 of the worst Jobs for 2013 and beyond.

Although the unemployment rate in Kenya is still high, certain jobs are still struggling more than others- and will continue to suffer for the remainder of the decade and beyond. Here you'll find ten job fields that are projected to lose large numbers of positions at rapid rates in coming years. The pay for these professions is also below average. To lend a hand to workers in these fields, we've also identified viable career alternatives.

Some of the jobs on our worst list might come as a surprise. Others reflect recognizable trends including advances in automated technologies, and shifts to online services. Take a look.

1. Switchboard Operator/Call Receptionist
Typical education: college certificate or equivalent

Automated answering services are rapidly replacing their human predecessors as switchboard operators, and the trend shows no signs of flagging. Note: These are not call center jobs. These are the people who answer the phone for businesses.

Alternate career: As a customer-service representative, you can still assist people over the phone, and

4 Mistakes you can easily avoid making on your Cover Letter.

A cover letter is one of the most effective ways to make a job application stand out, but it's also the part of the application that job seekers often ignore the most. Cover letters can be crucial because the hiring is about more than the skills and experience on your CV. Other factors matter too—communication skills, intellect, emotional intelligence, enthusiasm, motivation, drive, and just what kind of a person you are. And that's where a cover letter can separate you from the rest.

But all too often, employers find candidates making these four mistakes when it comes their letters:

1. Simply using the cover letter to summarize your CV. The most common mistake job seekers make with their cover letter is using it to just summarize their resume. With such limited initial contact, you do yourself a huge disservice if you use a whole page of your application to merely repeat the contents of the

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Online Degrees- 3 reasons why should take care.

The higher education industry is changing; and opportunities are opening up in colleges and universities. Workers who were too busy, did not have enough money, or were in far flung areas can now enroll for additional degrees, thanks to the explosion of the number of online courses offered. However, before you enroll for the online courses, here are a few pitfalls you might want to look out for.

1. Realize that many employers still have a hard time accepting online degrees.
Your future employer will have a hard time figuring how you attended classes without a lecturer being physically present, or how you did exams without someone actually supervising you. What schools and universities do is ‘credentialing’, i.e proving to the employer that you actually attended classes, and got the

How to negotiate the best salary.

"What are your salary expectations?"
 This is commonly one of the first questions you're asked when interviewing for a new job. Employers want to get this question out in the open for a few reasons:

-They want to get a general sense if you're willing to work at or below the top of their pay scale for a given job.
-They are in effect, asking you to negotiate against yourself, at the point in discussions when you have the least negotiating leverage. Job hunters are often at a loss (figuratively and literally) trying to both get the job and obtain the highest possible compensation. Here's how to do it:

1. Be responsive, but don't commit early on. Talk about your current and/or recent compensation level. Make certain to distinguish between "base" and "net" salary. Then, pivot the focus away from salary to talk about the real purpose of the discussion at this stage, from your perspective: To determine if you and the employer make a great fit.

2. Find objective data to justify your request. Employers hire human resources professionals whose sole focus is dealing with employee compensation issues. They have access to a great deal of data, accumulated

Saturday, 13 April 2013

How to choose the right career.

Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Many will tell you to "follow your passion" or "do what you love."

We all want to choose a career that will make us happy, but how can we know what that will be? So if passion and expected happiness can't be your guides, what can be? Well, you can begin by choosing a career that fits well with your skills and values. Since you actually have some sense of what those are

The most important career decision is who you’ll marry.

Adapted from the Harvard Business Review blog: "The most important career choice you'll make is who you marry." This career advice from Facebook Chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, makes good sense based on research. Among couples, career outcomes are indeed linked to the dynamics of support

Friday, 12 April 2013

Top 10 employers in Kenya.

Which Kenyan companies would you give all to work for? Well, you don’t have to travel abroad to find state of the art employers, as some employers in Kenya are really the place to be for workers. They have strived to be the very best, and even expatriate workers have applied to work for them. Before I unveil my list, here is a list of things to look for as you evaluate a prospective employer

- Salary.
Is the salary enough for you to afford a reasonable standard of living?

- Skills acquisition.
Does the company give you opportunities to advance your skills? Does it give you an opportunity to build

How to clean up your online history to land that job.

Research shows that controversial tweets can haunt any web user - with many recruiters having turned down employees due to posts that they made online. Here's how to get rid of embarrassing material you or others have posted online, and stay private.

Thankfully, getting back your online reputation is a lot easier than many people imagine - a few basic steps can ‘police’ your profile on sites such as Twitter and Facebook, simply by adjusting privacy settings, or hiding and deleting unwanted posts.

There are ways to hide embarrassing posts or photos on blogs and other sites, even without their owners agreeing to delete them.

The best tactic in this situation is ‘flooding’ Google with results that push unwanted ones down.

“Take solace from the fact that 97 percent of searchers never look beyond the first 3 pages of search results.

3 Great Weekend Box Office Movies.

Do you have anything planned for the weekend? Here are three recently released movies you might want to check out for this Friday and the weekend.

1. Oblivion:
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller. Time: 2 Hours 04 Mins.
The film's delightful sense of apartness in the early going and the industrious way that Vika, especially, approaches her task of administering to the final business of Earth are things that can't last, especially not after Jack brings home the one survivor of a mysterious crash of a spaceship carrying several hibernating humans. Once she wakes up and recovers, Julia (Olga Kurylenko) throws a monkey wrench into life in the loft, not only because she is so beautiful (Riseborough's alarmed reactions to her are indelibly registered) but because she is an arrival from the past, when she was Jack's wife.

2: 42
Biography, Drama, Sports. Time: 2 Hours 08 Minutes
The key scene in 42, just as it was in the low-budget 1950 The Jackie Robinson Story, which starred the ballplayer himself, comes when Rickey, warning his prospect about the abuse that inevitably awaits him,

Gloria Muliro defends famed Pastor Joel Osteen.

Adapted from Ghafla Kenya! This past week, there has been no end to the rumours circulating the internet about Joel Osteen's quitting his Ministry and citing lack of faith as his reason. Of course, it was a hoax story, but it was even run by CNN.

And in comes Gloria Muliro. She is no stranger to controversy at some point even being accused of stealing a song. But one thing cannot be disputed about Gloria; she's a staunch Christian and I think the hoax hit a little too close to home and she has now decided to defend Joel Osteen.
Here's what Gloria Muliro had to say:

be careful the devil is planning to spoil, abuse Men and women of God through Internet lies and evil people who are serving satan.

In what apparently began as an April Fool's prank—the responsible party still unnamed—a number

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Does the name of the university matter?

Each country has its own elite schools where the elite are trained to take the reigns of leadership in business, politics, and technology. America has the famous Ivy League schools; like Harvard and Yale, Britain has the famous Cambridge and Oxford Universities, Ox-bridge, Uganda has the famous Makerere, and Tanzania has University of Dar-es- Salaam. Which got me thinking, does the name of the university matter when attending a Kenyan University. Which university do employers consider the most capable of producing quality graduates?  

Here are some of the assumptions that used to be:

In engineering, it was assumed that JKUAT was the best.

In Education, it was assumed that Kenyatta University was the best.

In Medicine, it was assumed that University of Nairobi- UON, was the best.

University of Nairobi Masters Scholarships.

Seven Masters research Field Scholarships available at Wangari Maathai Institute.
The STAKE PROJECT based at Wangari Maathai Institute invites applications for Masters Research scholarships. The scholarship will meet research costs in accordance to the approved proposal budget and endorsement by supervisors but will not pay for university fees. The selected candidates must work within one of the listed sub-project in Mau complex ecosystem.
Sub-Project 1:  (SP1) Forest Act 2005, Customary Laws and Practices
Sub-Project 2:  (SP2) Forest Related Conflicts in Mau
 Sub-Project 3:  (SP3) Household-Level Study of Livelihoods and Attitudes

Full description of the sub-project can be viewed at Website: or

The prospective candidates must:
1. Be holders of a relevant Bachelor’s degree of the University of Nairobi or equivalent qualifications from

Saudi Arabia to deport Foreign Workers.

Saudi Arabia will deport thousands of workers, in the next 30 days or so, a government report says. According to the International labor organization- ILO, there are about 600,000 foreign workers in the Middle East, many of whom work in enslaving conditions. According to the same report, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, and other countries in the Middle East region are conduits for human trafficking.  The Kenyan government has banned Kenyan workers from being recruited by recruitment agencies to work in Saudi Arabia, but it is believed thousands of Kenyans are smuggled through the borders to the Middle East each year.

In 2011 in Saudi Arabia, an Indonesian househelp was beheaded for allegedly murdering his employer, and

KU Students attacked in a robbery incident.

Two Kenyatta university students were attacked in the Kahawa Wendani estate just a few miles away from Kenyatta University, where many KU students reside. The two students were attacked in the wee hours of the night, and laptops and phones stolen from them, in what is turning to be a risky security situation for students- especially female ones. As a rule, parallel students are usually not accommodated at KU campuses, and have to book a room or hostel outside the campus. 

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Five Careers that did not exist 10 years ago.

In the last ten years, some careers have gained quick prominence, and are proving to be more lucrative than the more traditional careers. Here are five such careers:

1. Gym/ Fitness Instructor.
As we become increasingly conscious of our health, gym and fitness instructors are getting hired in increased numbers. Currently, they are being hired mostly in upmarket places, but with time, their numbers will increase.

2. Social Media analysts.
More of us are online these days, and on social sites like Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus. Have you ever wondered who updates the Facebook page or Twitter account of your favourite politician? Most likely, it’s a social media analyst who has been hired to do that. Incidentally, social media also presents tremendous opportunities for companies to analyze how their brands are perceived and social media analysts and marketers help in unearthing such information.

3. Data Scientists.
Huge chunks of data are being released everyday, and data scientists help to make sense of this data. Mostly,

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Five Career lessons from Churchill- Mwalimu Kingang’i.

Daniel Ndambuki, aka Churchill or Mwalimu Kingang’i, has grown from humble beginnings, to prove that comedy can really pay for the really talented ones. From humble beginnings of acting high school literature and Fasihi set books, Churchill has carved a niche for himself as a morning radio presenter at Classic 105, a top MC at Corporate events, and the host of the popular Churchill show, which airs on NTV on Thursdays and Sundays. Here are some career lessons you can learn from him.

1. Non- Traditional careers pay.
While many of us would scoff at a person that makes a living from comedy, Churchill has proved that the once looked down upon careers- comedy, music, dancing, and acting, can put food on the table. He, plus musicians like Nameless, Juliani, Wyre, among others, are helping push the envelope for the Kenyan art scene, and proving that one doesn’t have to be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, or manager to make some good money.

2. Start Small.
While many of us wish to start big, Churchill did start from the small tasks he was assigned in the school plays. A story is told that he used to sleep on the floor in a one room apartment in Mlolongo. Although we cannot verify that, what we can note is that he has indeed come from far. At the time, he probably didn’t

The Key to Choosing the Right Career.

Adapted from HBR blog network: Choosing a career path (or changing one) is, for most of us, a confusing and anxiety-riddled experience. Many will tell you to "follow your passion" or "do what you love."
We all want to choose a career that will make us happy, but how can we know what that will be? Research suggests that human beings are remarkably bad at predicting how they will feel when doing something in the future. It's not hard to find someone who started out thinking that they would love their chosen profession, only to wind up hating it.

In fairness, how are you supposed to know if you will be happy as an investment banker, or an artist, or a lecturer, if you haven't actually done any of these things yet? Who has ever, in the history of mankind, taken a job and had it turn out exactly as they imagined it would?
So if passion and expected happiness can't be your guides, what can be? Well, you can begin by choosing a career that fits well with your skills and values. Since you actually have some sense of what those are (hopefully), this is a good starting place.

But a bit less obviously — though just as important — you also want to choose an occupation that provides a good motivational fit for you as well.
Some of us tend to see our goals (at work and in life) as opportunities for advancement, achievement and

The Puzzle of ‘missing marks’ at universities.

Adapted from Daily Nation: It is examination season in most institutions of higher learning across Kenya. But as the potential university and college graduands work hard to ensure that they score impressive grades in their exams, a new worry lurks in their heads. They refer to it as “missing marks”.
This phrase has been coined within university circles to describe a growing trend where a student sits for an examination but does not get the results of some units in time or at all.

Is the problem extensive?
It is, according to a former student of economics and statistics at Moi University, Ms Lydiah Murage. “Cases of students missing results after exams were very rampant,” she says. “But the university always had a way of solving them.”
She was one of those affected. “I didn’t do a re-sit for any of my missing marks, but I eventually got grades

5 Tips For Women in The Corporate World; Lessons from Facebook’s most powerful woman employee.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's No. 2 executive and outspoken voice on the obstacles women face in the corporate world, offers a blueprint for change in "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead."

1. Sit at the table.
Plagued by self-doubt and "feeling like a fraud," women consistently underestimate themselves and their abilities, Sandberg writes. For a host of reasons, women often hold themselves back by literally not sitting at the table where decisions are made. Instead, they choose to watch from the sidelines. She urges institutions and individuals to encourage and promote women. And she encourages women to sit at the table and raise their hands. Men are already doing it, after all.

2. When negotiating, "Think personally, act communally."
Preface salary negotiations by explaining that you know women often get paid less than men, so you are going to "negotiate rather than accept the original offer," she writes. This way, women can position themselves as connected to a group. Whenever possible, she adds, use "we" instead of "I."

3. Don't sacrifice being liked for being successful.
Sandberg recalls her first formal performance review with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a few months

Monday, 8 April 2013

Some 5 Career Myths that You Shouldn’t Fall For.

You've probably heard the same bits of career advice from well-meaning friends, relatives, and even teachers. But plenty of the advice that we hear repeated actually aren't true. Here are six of the most popular career myths that you shouldn't fall for.

1. Your degree in university will lead to your career. Students often come out of school thinking that their degree or major will lead them to their life-long career path directly, but it's very often not the case-especially for degrees in the arts. You might have an English degree but end up in HR, or a sociology degree but end up selling ads. On the other hand, degrees in the sciences, technology, engineering, and math are more likely to end up pointing you toward a more defined career path.

2. A university degree will get you a job. Many students have been told that if they get a university degree, they'll easily find a job afterward. Unfortunately, it's no longer so clear-cut. Degrees no longer open doors the way they used to, and too many new graduates are remaining unemployed or under-employed for

Inside Kenya’s most expensive school.

Every country has its own elite schools, where the children of the rich and powerful are educated. In Kenya too, this is no different. One school has recently opened in Karen, Nairobi, and if the trends are anything to go by, then be assured that it will take the education sector by storm. 

The classroom of the school looks like a computer lab. Only that it is eight-year-olds busy on the laptops and iPads as the teacher introduces the day’s lesson. It is history for Year 4- Standard 4 pupils.
In an ordinary Kenyan school, one would find them crowding their heads on an old book that has seen better

Meet Kenya's youngest Bank CEO.

Joshua Oigara
At 37, Mr Joshua Oigara is one of the youngest CEOs of a blue-chip company in East Africa. The new Kenya Commercial Bank- KCB- Chief executive officer was a quiet student and his teacher in primary school was quite sure that this trait would end up being a fatal flaw.

Nobody succeeds by being quiet, he said. Young Joshua had other ideas. He wouldn’t change his personality. But he threw himself into his books with a singular zeal that helped propel him to his current position as one of the brightest young stars on the

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Five emerging careers for the future.

Some careers will continue to be marketable for a long time to come. If you are pursuing Medicine, Law, engineering, IT, or Business and social science courses, then your career will still be in demand. However, in addition to the careers above, it is perhaps time that you had a look at some of the other careers that are set to be in demand in the near future.

1. Acturial Science.
Actuarial science deals with the calculation of risks, and Actuarial science professionals work in the broader Financial and insurance industry. However, you will only be marketable if you do the additional professional actuary exams, in addition to doing the Actuarial Science degree.

2. Financial engineering.
Financial engineers work in the same fields as many Finance and BCOM graduates, but their scope is far much deeper. Their quantitative skills are far much more developed, and they also have a deeper grasp of how computer programming plays into the whole mode of financial transactions. Financial engineers work in

Saturday, 6 April 2013

When should you apply for Graduate Trainee jobs?

This is that time of the year when the big four top auditing companies; PWC, KPMG, Ernst &Young, and Deloitte are in the interview process for the Graduate Trainee programme. These days, the number of companies that are hiring fresh graduates into graduate trainee jobs has increased to include companies like EABL, NMG and Kenya Airways. So, when should you apply for a Graduate or a management trainee position?

1. If you want to fast track a career into management.
A Graduate trainee programme is like a mini MBA, where you will learn a little bit of everything. At the core however, you will learn management skills that will be critical to whichever industry you will join thereafter. As a matter of fact, employees from companies like PWC, KMPG, Deloitte, and Ernst &Young already have one foot in the door when they apply for jobs in other companies after their graduate trainee program.

2. If you are unsure of your career direction.
Even after doing a course for four, five, or six years, some graduates still have no idea which career line they want to pursue. They still haven’t identified their strengths and weaknesses. In that instance then, a two or

What should you follow in selecting a career? Passion or money?

1. Needing the work vs. being passionate about it
Q. Would you rather (all else being equal) hire someone who NEEDS the job or someone who doesn’t need any job, but is passionate enough about the job to want to do it anyway?
To clarify (if necessary), say you have narrowed a selection down to two candidates. One doesn’t need to work but loves the industry, the work, etc. The other person needs to work and is just as qualified, but maybe not as passionate. Or does this matter at all?

A. If everything else is truly equal — skills, experience, accomplishments, intelligence, people skills, and culture fit — then I’ll go for the candidate who’s more passionate about the work. That person is more likely to be engaged in the work, to go all out to get more done, and to think creatively about the work than someone who just needs a job. Plus, the person who’s less passionate about the work is more likely to leave

Facebook unveils new phone.

Facebook, the world’s largest social networking site with a billion users, has unveiled its "Facebook phone", which would be powered on android phones. 

Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said consumers would be offered something far more than an "ordinary app" - an entirely "new experience" called Home.
He said: "We are not building a phone and we are not building an operating system, but we are are building something that is a whole lot deeper than an ordinary app."

Mr Zuckerberg said, "We're really proud of Home and we're excited to get it in your hands ... we think that

University of Nairobi 2011 KCSE candidates to report in May.

University of Nairobi, UON, one of the few universities that did not implement the double intake, has announced that the KCSE 2011 candidates will report in May this year. 2011 candidates for other universities began reporting in September last year, through January this year. The exact Facebook post

Friday, 5 April 2013

Should You Take an Unpaid Internship position?

Even though the number of college and university graduates has increased, the job opportunities have not increased to match the supply of graduates. Finding a full time job has become harder than ever before, which has seen many recent graduates resort to taking unpaid internship positions within companies. But before accepting any offers to labor away for free, here's what you should ask.

1. What are the expectations? On paper, the internship seems like a real deal, even if it's unpaid. Still, it's wise to have a solid grasp of what you'll do and the amount of work. "It's important to know exactly what you're going to be graded on. If you go into it and you're not sure what's going on, then you could be given a ton more than you signed on for."
You would do well to research the company, reaching out to its previous or current interns, and asking pointed questions about the position during the interview process. At the back of your mind, you should know that there is a very thin line between advancing your skills, and being misused as a source of cheap labor by a company.

2. Will you be overextended? Whether you're unemployed or have a part-time job, it's important not to let your unpaid internship consume all your time. "Set limits and within those limits, perform as capably as you can."
Balance your time with other employment pursuits by setting a cap on your availability, detailing what tasks

3 Great Movies for the weekend.

If you are looking to have a good time this weekend, here are three recently released movies which you can check out this weekend.

1. The Host.
Science Fiction, Thriller: Duration: 2 hours 5 mins
There's something about novelist Stephenie Meyer that induces formerly interesting directors to suddenly make films that are slow, silly and soporific. It happened consistently on The Twilight Saga, and it happens again on The Host, once-provocative writer-director Andrew Niccol's adaptation of Meyer's 600-plus-page post-Twilight novel that spent 26 weeks at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list beginning in 2008. Aimed squarely at the same tweens who contributed so generously to the bank accounts of everyone who became associated with Meyer's vampire franchise, this one swills in the same sort of

Top 7 Most Powerful Kenyan Business Leaders.

Kenya is home to East Africa’s top business leaders who control a huge chunk of the region’s economy. They form the inner circle of economic strategy formulation in Kenya and are the drivers of the private sector. In terms of personal wealth, they are some of the wealthiest individuals in Africa.

These are some of the Kenyan men and women who are pushing the envelope for the country.

1. Dr. Manu Chandaria, chairman of the Comcraft Group of companies

The 83 year- old is referred to as East Africa’s most venerable business leader by Forbes. He is at the pinnacle of one of Kenya’s most affluent family dynasties. The octogenarian’s family business establishment has its presence in over 40 countries globally. Dr. Chandaria has established his personal brand as one of the

Journalism Attachment Job Opportunities- Bizrika Internship Opportunities in Kenya

Bizrika urgently needs a business journalist intern to start working immediately.

Please note that you must be qualified by demonstrating a strong record of having done similar tasks before by writing for a relevant business newspaper, magazine, website etc, have a strong passion for business matters, be a holder of a strong diploma or degree from a recognized institution.

Please give verifiable prove in your application.
You must understand what it means to produce high end business content including reports, whitepapers, business news, market analysis, trends monitoring etc.

You should be committed, willing to go the extra mile without compulsion, work fast and diligently under

Graphic Designer Jobs Jumia Kenya

Graphic Designer Jobs Kenya
Jumia Kenya Graphic Designer
Jumia is the #1 leader of E-commerce in Africa.

Our company is part of Rocket Internet, a global and leading incubator of start ups specialized in e-commerce. We have already built in France successful companies like Groupon, Zalando, Wimdu, EDarling, Glossybox…

We are present in more than 20 countries in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America and this a
ccumulated experience has allowed us to develop a strong platform, which can support new ventures with both advice and capital on a truly global basis.

Jumia is expanding its activities in Kenya.

To support our development we are currently looking for outstanding candidates interested in

Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni's offers Scaling The Heights Lessons.

Meet the man behind one of Kenya’s, if not Africa’s own pride, Kenya Airways, the man who says he cannot lie and puts honesty above everything else.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nairobi and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Programme.
Yes, I know quite prestigious but what did you expect from a man of such stature?

In July of 2006, Titus revealed that he was not interested in any elective post in Kenya now, or in the future whatsoever. He has however served as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and

Kiss 100’s Shaffie Weru To Represent Kenya At Big Brother Africa

Just recently, Shaffie Weru got a contract paying him Kshs 100, 000 on Julie Gichuru's Show Maisha, which is airing in the re-branded K24 Station.

The Kiss 100 presenter seems unstoppable in earning big money. After attending the auditions for Big Brother Africa (BBA), Shaffie is now very close to be named Kenya's representative at the Big Brother according to sources.

Shaffie, who was among those who auditioned last month at the KICC has reportedly been shortlisted

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Why the course you choose shouldn’t matter.

In the past few days, I have written articles on the ten highest paying careers, and the ten most hidden careers for 2013 and beyond. While these articles point to careers that are likely to be in demand now and in the future, they still do not address the reality of our job market: That increasingly, many graduates are finding jobs in professions outside of the course they undertook in college. This is true especially for those that will be pursuing Arts courses. While not taking away the marketability of certain courses, you would do much better to be concerned with making yourself employable in a vast array of industries. So, instead of worrying about which course you have been selected, focus instead on these areas.

1. Academic Grades.
Without any work experience to speak of, and without proof of any skills, the only reliable measure of your employability are your academic grades and transcripts. Grades alone don’t mean that one is necessarily talented, but it does mean that they are hardworking, and can readily follow instructions. As a first time job seeker, the importance of grades cannot be over emphasized. It is far much better to do a course that is

Ghafla founder: A College Drop Out Now A Millionaire in 2yrs.

 He was unceremoniously discontinued from JKUAT University, for failing 8 units. Little did he know that this would be the launch pad for his success. He went on to found Ghafla, which has evolved to be Kenya’s premier entertainment website. Ghafla Kenya founder, Samuel Majani, talks to Career Point Kenya’s Dorcas Karuana on his journey. 

 1. You dropped out of college in JKUAT in 2006, yet you have become successful. What has it taken you?
Yes, I was pursuing a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering but failed 8 units after re-takes and was therefore discontinued. It was difficult for my parents since they had invested in me and had a lot of hopes in me and they felt I messed the chance to be in college. But yes, am now making it.

2. How did you Start Ghafla! ?
After my Discontinuation in College, I became an idler and I would listen to the collection of music I had accumulated from JKUAT. I had love for Kenyan music, and I remember looking online for lyrics of the song Jamani by Bamboo but never got it. Then I looked for other Kenyan Music but never found it. I saw this gap

Meet Kenya’s Most Successful International Model, Ajuma Naisenya.

 Something about Ajuma’s beauty just stands out. It’s that unexplainable thing that makes someone stand out. It’s the x- factor that most modelling agencies look for. Truth is, you won’t find many like her in our TV commercials or on the bill boards or on the cover of Kenyan magazines because for some particular reason, being too dark isn’t what our media houses are interested in.

She spoke to George Muiruri and below is an extract of that interview.

Did you ever think you would become a model?
“I participated in all sports when growing up and captained all my teams. After completing high school I was sent off to the Kipchoge Keino Camp where I spent a year training. I trained alongside champions like Janet Jepkosgei and Ezekiel Kemboi.

When did you break into modelling?
I joined “miss tourism” competition just because people told me that I would make a great model even

USIU student bravely rises from crippling condition.

Adapted from Capital Campus: What would you do when one morning you woke up with a slight pain on one leg and after a week, the pain spreads to the other leg? You ignore it at first, but within a few weeks, you are unable to walk forcing you to use a wheelchair.  This is what happened to George Asimba, now a first year student at United States International University (USIU)-Africa, pursuing criminal justice.
Asimba George, who sat his KCPE exams in 2006, was like so many students looking forward to join a national high school. This was however not the case for George. The ever joyful George makes everyone who interacts with him realize the importance of life.

His dreams were crushed when a slight pain from one limb extended to the other limb and in a matter of

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Three career dilemma questions and how to answer them.

Interview questions come in all sorts of forms. Some are more conversational, and may even take place in a hotel over a cup of coffee. However, others are downright combative. No matter how the interview is conducted, here is how to answer the three most difficult interview questions.

1. How much salary you should be paid.
The basis for the employer asking you this question is to know whether they can afford you. So, at the very least, you should have researched the salary scales within your industry, commensurate with the skills and talents you bring to the table. Don’t just quote a figure, but back it up with why you think you should be paid such a salary. Of course, the question in itself puts you in a dilemma; quoting a salary too high will make you

PRESENTING Kenya's Richest Male Celebrity.

Adapted from Ghafla Kenya: From his cars, to his businesses, to his philanthropy, Charles Kanyi is not shy of declaring his wealth.
The public knows him though, by his stage name, Jaguar, and he has recently been blazing a trail that has perked the eyes and ears of the listening public. He is concrete evidence that showbiz has started to pay off

Girls who created M-farm, a mobile social network for farmers.

For two young Kenyan university graduates, employment was only a stepping stone to better things. They were restless and wanted more out of life.
Having left Strathmore University, Jamila Abass and Susan Oguya always dreamt of becoming entrepreneurs. Jamila was a software engineer while Susan studied computer science.
While Jamila got a job at Kemri, Susan found some work at iHub, a technology community based along Nairobi’s Ngong Road. Jamila also became a member of the community, an open space where technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers come together to share ideas.

While at iHub, they came across many newspaper reports about farmers complaining about fluctuating prices or adverse weather conditions.

“Every time we read a newspaper there was at least a story about the plight of a farmer,” recalls Jamila.

‘Green Card’ set to be abolished by US government

The annual diversity visa lottery commonly known as the Green Card is on the chopping board and would be abolished if Congress endorses a measure passed late last week by lawmakers in the lower house.

The House of Representatives voted Friday to cancel the annual diversity visa lottery and give those immigration visas to foreigners who earn advanced degrees from American universities, the Washington Times reported on Monday. This is the first major immigration bill passed by Republicans since the elections.
If Congress passes the law, it would be a big blow to thousands of Kenyans who harbor dreams of migrating to the US to start a new life.

This is in view of the fact that the program was meant to benefit people in countries and regions that have a low level of immigration to the US. Africa has been a major beneficiary since the program started. Thousands of Kenyans apply and enter the lottery every year with an estimated five thousands qualifying and

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The 10 highest paid Careers in Kenya.

If money is your only motivation for choosing a career, then these are the ten careers that you should consider.

1. Medical doctors.
Many bright students select medicine for the simple reason that the profession pays well, and they are also guaranteed a job after graduation. If you can withstand the long working hours, which sometimes can take a toll on your social life, then this is the profession for you.

2. Accountants/ Actuaries/ Financial experts.
Accountants and Financial experts ensure the revenues of the company are well utilized, and they also collaborate with outside agencies to source for funding for the company. If you are good in numbers, then a

Top five news anchors to watch in 2013.

Female TV anchors have become an indispensable part of news in Kenya. The number of people watching a particular TV station’s news heavily relies on the aesthetic value brought by the female anchors.  KTN was for long a favorite of many during the days of Catherine Kasavuli, a trend they maintained by getting on board Lillian Muli. Today, TV stations are trying to outdo each other with hot anchors, and quite a number of anchors are currently being groomed to take over the helms of news reading. Here are a few big ones to watch in 2013. 

Victoria Rubadiri
Victoria Rubadiri had been reading news at Capital Fm before Nation Media Group came calling. KTN

Microfinance Internship Opportunities 2013

Internship Job Opportunities in Kenya 2013
Positions Vacant in Speed Capital
Microfinance Interns - 4 Positions

Duties & Responsibilities
    Client outreach and recruitment
    Business appraisal, disbursement and processing of loans
    Recruiting clients and maintain a relationship with each client with frequent visits

    Collection of repayment through the approved loan repayment method & procedures
    Delinquent loan management & loan recovery.
    Management of quality customer services and relations.

Youth leaving Facebook in droves, for mobile messaging apps.

Facebook is hinged on creating personal profiles, building networks of friends and sharing photos, videos and music. However, hundreds of millions of tech-savvy young people have instead turned to a wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping across much of the developed and the developing world.

The hot apps include Kik, Whatsapp, KakaoTalk, LINE, and WeChat.
Combining elements of text messaging and social networking, the apps provide a quick-fire way for smartphone users to trade everything from brief texts to flirtatious pictures to YouTube clips -bypassing both the SMS plans offered by wireless carriers and established social networks originally designed as websites.

Facebook, with 1 billion users, remains by far the world's most popular website, and its stepped-up focus on

Mobile Phone app brings fortunes to village women.

For generations, breeding cows in the rural highlands of Kenya has hinged on knowledge and experience passed down from parents to children. But Mercy Wanjiku is unlike most farmers. Her most powerful tool is her cellphone, and a text messaging service called iCow.

The service informs her when her cows are in heat, which feed might boost their milk output and what their fair market price is. And when she needed a veterinarian recently, she relied on the service’s extensive database. “Otherwise, it would have been hard to find someone qualified in my area,” said Wanjiku, a 29-year-old farmer in Mweru, a village about 150 km north of Nairobi.

Big potential
In a nation where 80 percent of the population farm their land, iCow started off with a simple premise: The

Meet the Campus hustler with the most Facebook Pages.

Adapted from Ghafla Kenya: With the growth of social media in Kenya, there are sharp brains out here who have seized the opportunity to hustle and flow. So much so that social media has become the sole provider of their daily bread.

We’ve already seen the likes of Facebook King OJ Oballa make a killing out of social media, however now there’s a new blood in town. Aggrey Sayi AKA Aggrey Mmoja is a testimony that social media is a lucrative

IT Careers In Kenya Forest Service

IT Careers In Kenya 2013
Kenya Forest Service is a State Corporation established to sustainably manage, conserve, develop and protect forest resources for Kenya’s social-economic development.

The Service seeks to recruit highly competent, self driven & results oriented individuals of high integrity to fill the following positions:

Job Title: Systems Administrator- 1 Post
KFS Grade 8
Reporting To: Chief Administration Officer
Location: Based at Kenya Forest College - Londiani

Overall responsibilities:
    Design, Install, support, implement & maintain systems, network configurations, and network architecture, including hardware, servers and software technology, site locations, and integration of technologies
    Plan for development of ICT Facilities, project management for systems-related projects,

ICT Engineer Job Opportunities (30,000-45,000) per month.

ICT Careers in Kenya
ICT Engineer
Our client a total security solution provider in Nairobi Kenya is looking for aggressive and creative ICT Engineer for the security solutions products.

Salary: Gross of Kshs 30-45K

Job Purpose:

 ICT Engineer to carry out program software installation for the security systems which include: Access
Control System, CCTV, X-Ray Scanner, alarm system, Medtal detector, Auto gate and Under Vehicle Monitoring System

Key Responsibilities
Program software installation, setting and operation
Overseeing security of all systems, especially the internet
Installing antivirus protection
To provide technical advice/ training on how to use the system
To provide support and good training to sales persons on the systems

Human Resource Assistant Jobs Kenya (35,000-45,000) per month.

Human resource Jobs Kenya. Human Resource Assistant
Our client is a manufacturing company based in Karen, Nairobi Kenya is looking for a Human Resource Assistant.

Gross Salary: 35K - 45K

Main purpose of the job: To provide efficient administrative support for the HR Manager, ensuring service users are provided with key information on HR processes and procedures.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
•    Undertake duties supporting the recruitment and selection function including placing adverts; processing invoices; pre-employment checks; chasing references; arranging short-listing and interview packs; contacting candidates and managers; and any other associated duties.
•    Undertake duties supporting the use of HR Information System including sending out relevant contractual information; liaising with payroll to resolve queries; processing any other payments.
•    Undertake administrative duties supporting various HR processes including maternity and paternity leave

Medical Employment Opportunities Kenya

Medical Jobs Vacancies in Kenya
Position: General Practitioners
No of Vacancies: 10

    3 to 4 years working experience
    In possession of requisite certification

Additional Comments: Full Time Job
Position: Pediatric Radiologist
No of Vacancies: 1

Requirements: In possession of requisite certification
Additional Comments: Full Time Job

Position: Biomedical Technician
No of Vacancies: 1

Requirements: In possession of requisite certification

Finance Jobs Vacancies- Speed Capital.

Finance Jobs Kenya 2013
Positions Vacant in Speed Capital
Investment Mobilisation Officer

Duties & Responsibilities
    Track all contacts with the company’s current and prospective investors Create briefing memos and investors presentations for management in preparation for investor meetings
    Develop outstanding written promotional materials materials as well as draft correspondence
(initial contact letters, company profile, follow up notes, etc.) for investors.
    Coordinate regular small events to cultivate prospective donors, handling all logistics and tasks associated with the event as necessary
    Conduct prospect research and identification
    Assist in scheduling and coordination of meetings

Monday, 1 April 2013

Three secrets to choosing your dream career.

It’s that time of the year when the Joint Admissions Board- JAB, is about to announce the first and second revisions. To many prospective university students, this must be a crunch time as they select courses. Those enrolling in parallel programs, or in private universities, are also getting ready to choose careers. Here are three secrets that will guide you in selecting a career.

1. Select the career you are passionate about.
There are people who sit down to work, and the hours just melt away and they have no idea. On the other hand, there are those who will constantly struggle to get up and go to work, and keep looking at the clock. The difference is passion. Some simply love what they do. Theirs is a labor of love, and they wouldn’t do anything else other than what they are doing now.

2. Select the career you are talented in.
It’s all very good to dream of becoming a rocket scientist, but if you are not good in Math and Physics, and can’t assemble and disassemble objects, then you obviously have made a wrong career choice. You can also not dream of becoming a great lawyer, if you are not good in forming arguments logically and to conclusion,

Muthoni Ndonga, CEO and founder of Blankets & Wine, talks about her journey.

Muthoni Ndonga has been singing from as far back as she can remember. She auditioned for choir in high school at Moi Girls’, Nairobi, then went to St Mary’s School for her International Baccalaureate (IB). She told the Saturday Nation her full story.
“On paper, I went because I wanted to go to a really good university abroad to study law or political science. In reality, I went because I could study theatre arts in IB.”

I could not imagine that you could study a subject that involved writing music and performing plays. St Mary’s was the best thing that happened to my education. It literally changed my life.
After that, I joined the University of Nairobi to study economics. Six weeks into the programme, I realised that there was no way on earth I could continue. I was so bored. Mercifully, the day I made up my mind to quit and tell my parents, the lecturers went on strike.

The next day I got a job with the African Youth Parliament and on that day, my father died. That sequence of events made me pause and realise that the finality of death leaves me only one option; to experience fully as

5 reasons why you should seek outside funding for your start-up.

While it’s often argued that you should probably bootstrap and not look for any loans when starting out your own business, it shouldn’t always be so. Outside funding, especially from banks and venture capital firms, can help you get your start-up off the ground in many ways. Here are five reasons why you should seek outside funding for your business.

1. Cash. When starting out, you simply need cash, and in many cases, that cash isn’t available from savings, friends, and family members.

2. Brand. The fact that a company has been funded by a well-respected fund/partner alone can increase a company’s odds of success, because that brand makes it easier for the company to attract talented employees and later stage investors. By definition, startups have no brand at launch.

3. Industry network. Funders and venture capitalists will typically introduce you to 3-10 people in their

Orange unveils Easter offer on Phones and Tablets.

Telecommunications services provider, Orange, has reduced the prices of various voice and data devices available at its shops. With this offer, Orange Kenya customers can now purchase the entry level and high end mobile phones, data devices and desk phones at reduced costs from Orange shops and partner outlets countrywide. The customers will get a discount of between 5 percent and 65 percent on prices.
The price change affects a host of essential devices including:

Modems- the Smartax MT880 ADSL modem from KSh 8,500 to KSh 2,999;

Tablets- the SunTab tablet at KSh 19,999 down from KSh 23,999, pre-loaded with an Orange SIM card